40 Years

40 Years

by Bernd Struben

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BN ID: 2940013977556
Publisher: Strider Nolan Media Inc.
Publication date: 02/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 541 KB

About the Author

Bernd Struben is a Dutch citizen, raised and educated in the United States . Bernd has not yet ventured beyond Earth, but he has crisscrossed the globe alongside his wife Melanie and made his home in the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. A professional writer since 2001 and an avid science fiction enthusiast since his earliest days, Bernd is also the author of The Thirteenth Zookeeper and numerous novellas.

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40 Years 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
They are born, raised and educated for war. Kept in stasis until a mission occurs, the Augmented Combat Personnel (ACP) genetically enhanced soldiers know they are awaken only for conquest. They are humanity¿s advanced soldiers in the twelve-century old competition against the Pfrianx to dominate habitable planets not yet conquered by either. The ACP understands he will cleanse an orb of its opposition inhabitants killing millions for the greater good of mankind; they are humane compared to their rivals who simply eradicate entire worlds while the ACP transfer survivors to remote hostile sectors on the conquered planet.

ACP Captain Brink D¿Mar awakens knowing instantly his mission is to subdue a planet; this time 40 years beyond the most outer human controlled rock, a military combat deployment mobilization outpost. D¿Mar follows the standard operating rules of engagement by offering the local populace of New Columbus (as the humans call it) a chance to surrender. However the native Borell reject the concept as it has no connotation in their language. As the death toll mounts, D¿Mar begins to consider adoption of the Pfrlanx ethnic cleansing methodology as he must complete the mission, but to his shock finds pandemic genocide abhoring, a thought not in his upbringing.

This is an intriguing military science fiction tale that looks closely at the ethics of war especially colonization through conquest. D¿Mar and his peers face a moral quandary as the Borells seem easy to defeat, but they never give up; willing to die instead. Although he knows none of the brass is near enough to witness any atrocities, the hero struggles with the awakening of ethics as he either destroys the entire populace or what else can he do. Well written and fast-paced, fans will relish this fine outer space saga starring a genetically engineered person who does not blink at the death of a million people as his moral slate was kept shallow and limited to standard operating procedures until the conflict 40 years away from his superiors awaken his conscience.

Hasrriet Klausner
jstone69 More than 1 year ago
In order to protect planets from invasion by a race of murderous aliens, Earth's army must take these planets over for their own good. But when one planet shows no sign of giving up, Captain Brink D'Mar must decide whether to follow orders and wipe out the entire population, or stand up for what he believes in. 40 Years packs plenty of action and is a quick read, but what really struck me was the underlying debate over whether a soldier should blindly follow orders or follow their heart. I saw some parallels (intentional or not) to the emotional aspects of the Iraq War and what America's soldiers have had to go through. Struben has a very smooth writing style, and he has a great talent for the science fiction-y aspects, describing alien races and creating weapons that sound technologically feasible yet make perfect sense to readers without engineering degrees. The characters are very multi-dimensional for the most part, although Brink D'Mar is by far the main character--and the narrator, to boot (I can't recall too many sci fi books written in the first person--maybe Heinlein's Starship Troopers, which has a similar feel to 40 Years, or vice versa).
DSalerni More than 1 year ago
In the far off future, humans compete in the Great Race for Space against the powerful, insect-like Pfrlanx, the only other space-faring race in the galaxy. (Augmented Combat Personnel), genetically enhanced soldiers, serve humanity's cause in the furthest regions of the Milky Way, sleeping away the decades between battles in cryogenic chambers. When Captain D'Mar and his battalion awake from cryogenic slumber at their latest destination, he discovers that this time "the Brass" have sent him to a planet 40 years beyond the last human outpost. D'Mar's mission, as always, is to subdue the native population of the planet and banish them to some undesirable corner of their own world, clearing the way for human settlers. But when the indigenous population refuses to surrender, despite overwhelming casualties, D'Mar begins to question his own choices and discovers that -- 40 years away from reinforcement or retribution -- he has more choices than ever before. Recommended for fans of high-action science fiction and those interested in military ethics.
Sci_Fi_Fan More than 1 year ago
Loaded with great philosophical concepts without sacrificing page-turning action! One of the best science fiction books I've ever read. I hope to see more from this new author.